Get Well, Lady Gaga
Midway through her Joanne world tour, Lady Gaga announced the cancellation of tomorrow’s performance in Rio, citing “severe physical pain” leaving her hospitalized. It’s not the first time the singer has pushed herself to the point of hospitalization; her 2013 Born This Way Ball was cancelled halfway through its run, with a severe hip injury that required surgery and left her wheelchair-bound for some time.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) September 14, 2017
Alien Skin’s Upcoming Exposure X3 to Bring a Host of New Features
Exposure by Alien Skin is an alternative program to Adobe Lightroom, providing a non-destructive RAW editor and organizer. A new X3 update will be coming this fall, bringing a long list of new organizing and creative features.
There are features that will totally change the editing experience, many of which you may be familiar with if you’ve used the latest Lightroom.
Firstly, there will be side-by-side comparison views — this means you can view multiple images and compare them next to each other. It’s also handy for comparing similar images to each other when you want to decide which ones to delete.
You can also make virtual copies, allowing you to work on multiple variations of a single image without actually duplicating the original file.
Linear and radial gradients will be available for local adjustments, and new overlays, blend modes, and toning enhancements will give you greater control over image adjustments.
Another major addition is the keywording and collection tools. These allow you to properly catalog your images, keyword them, and sort them into relevant collections for easier access.
The software will also include a number of presets that can be used and customized to quickly process your photos.
A selection of these filters can be previewed in this introductory video:
Exposure X3 will be coming later this fall and will cost $150. If you’re upgrading from X2, it’ll cost $100. More information is on the Alien Skin website.
Dazzling Photos of Summer Firework Festivals in Japan
Every summer in Japan, there are around 200 separate firework festivals, known as “Hanabi Taikai,” which light up the sky in all sorts of colors. Japanese photographer Keisuke spent his time trekking to several of the shows this summer, an effort which allowed him to capture some mesmerizing firework photos.
Keisuke is only 25-years-old but has already earned a number of awards for his landscape photography. His images have also attracted over 27,000 followers on Instagram.
The firework festivals usually occur in July and August, and it’s a tradition that dates back to the early 18th century.
You can see more of Keisuke’s work on his Instagram page.
No More Excuses: Diversify Launches Database of Photographers of Color
After five months of planning, Diversify Photo today launched a database of 340 photographers of color from around the U.S. Brent Lewis, senior photo editor at ESPN’s The Undefeated, told PDN in May that he and photographer and filmmaker Andrea Wise had begun compiling the database to show photo editors, art buyers and other creatives who hire photographers “that there are a lot of talented people out there that they may not see, have the time to go looking for, or just don’t know where to begin to find.”
The website, Diversify.Photo, features photographers working in every genre. It includes documentary photographers such as Ruddy Roye, Andre Wagner, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn and Tasneem Alsultan; editorial photographers such as Jeffery Salter, Kwaku Alston, Ramona Rosales, Oriana Koren and Wayne Lawrence; fashion photographers such as Itaysha Jordan, Shaniqwa Jarvis and Natalie Gordon; and commercial photographers, including Kareem Black, Emiliano Granado and Marcus Smith; and such fine-art photographers as Juan Giraldo and Sheila Pree Bright.
Thumbnail photos link to each photographers’ website. Access to the full Diversify database, which includes photographers’ contact info, ethnicity, language fluency and areas of expertise, is available by emailing the organizers.
Lewis and Wise circulated calls for photographers who identify as people of color earlier this year, and sought assistance from several photo editors: Jehan Jillani, Jennifer Samuel and Elijah Walker of National Geographic; Dudley Brooks of The Washington Post; Michael Wichita of AARP; and former National Geographic photo editors Elizabeth Krist and Jessie Wender. They reviewed the photographers’ portfolios to select the 340 featured on the website, which was created with sponsorship from Visura.
In a post on The New York Times Lens blog today, Lewis says that the goal is “creating a place where people can come and see photographers of color, to know they are out there and they exist, and to provide editors with the ability to find people not in their circles.” Lewis says he plans to work with organizations such as Reclaim, a consortium of photo agencies working to make the media more inclusive and to diversify voices in the media.
Sky Ferreira’s Return To Music Might Be Sooner Than Expected
Ahead of her performance at The Meadows this weekend—the first performance she’s given in NYC in quite a while—Sky Ferreira is finally promising new music (though not necessarily a full album). Night Time My Time’s follow up has been hotly anticipated and slated for release multiple times, each falling through and giving way to further delays. Today, Ferreira took to Instagram to announce she’ll be releasing new music very soon:
That being said: I AM PUTTING OUT NEW MUSIC (not my alb…
I Shot a Hurricane Irma Photo That Went Viral, and I Wasn’t Paid a Dime
My name is Michael Sechler, and I’m a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. I recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… and I wasn’t paid a dime. Here’s why.
Firstly, I’d like to say that although I am not a professional photographer, I am definitely an enthusiast and somewhat familiar with things like usage rights.
A few days ago, a few friends and I were doing some last minute preparations for Hurricane Irma. While we were out, we noticed some objects out in the bay where the water had receded. We took our shoes off and walked through the muddy marsh, shells, and rain to find out that they were two manatees. They had been stranded on land but the storm. After trying to help, I took this photo:
Virality is an odd thing. You don’t see it coming, but you can feel the momentum building while it’s happening. My phone notifications started going off like popcorn. One here, one there, then many more at once. People were tagging and sharing in an attempt to find someone to help these guys, while also hunkering down for the storm.
The first request for usage came from Fox News Desk. I froze. At this point, it was still very local, and I couldn’t see where it was going. Also, I was very distracted by the hurricane outside. I didn’t even know if I could ask for licensing because other photos were floating around (although not as good).
The key part here is that I also didn’t know how. What did I ask for? How much should I ask for? Did they even care? Did I have to copyright or license it somehow?
So I told Fox they could use it as long as I was given credit. Unfortunately, this might have invalidated any other requests for compensation, but at the time I was clueless.
More and more requests started coming in. I told them all the same thing until the big one came in. The Associated Press messaged me.
After consulting a photographer friend of mine, I requested a $1,000 fee and photo credit. The Associated Press person told me that they didn’t have authorization to pay for photos, so I bit the dust and let them use it. Since then, I’ve seen it published in some of the biggest news sources: ABC, CBS, Fox, AP, CNN, Washington Post, Huffington Post, Univision, The Weather Channel, People Magazine, Discovery Channel, Daily Mail, Boston Globe, New York Post, The Telegraph, and several smaller outlets (some of which didn’t give credit).
Long story short, I know it’s my responsibility to protect my usage rights. To be honest, I’m just happy that they ended up moving the manatees to deeper water. I might have been able to make a few bucks in the process, but I wasn’t prepared! I did ask for credit, which all of the big publications were pretty good about.
If you think you’ll ever be in a situation like mine, have a plan in place. Many photos that news stations want happen in quick, time-sensitive situations. I didn’t have the time to research the important details of how to get compensated for my work. Hopefully if this ever happens to you, you’ll be ready!
About the author: Michael Sechler is a photography enthusiast based in Sarasota, Florida. You can find more of his work on Facebook and Instagram.
Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature
Chinese lighting manufacturer Godox has unveiled a new flash commander unit called the Xpro.
The commander is able to control flashes in TTL mode as well as manual power and high-speed sync modes. All of the flashes and lamps that Godox makes in its X1 2.4 GHz system can be controlled and triggered.
The commander is able to handle several X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 different groups, has a full graphic display of 5 groups simultaneously, and enables manual flash from 1/1 to 1/256 power.
There is also high-speed sync for up to 1/8000th of a second, with modeling light status control and stroboscopic multi flash.
The Xpro can selectively transmit data to conserve energy and battery life, as well as a useful magnification function that displays details of each group’s settings.
Global adjustments can be made to exposure values in M mode, and some other features include FE lock, flash exposure compensation, and 11 customizable functions.
There’s also a new TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) function, which allows you to meter your flashes while in TTL mode. If you then click a button and switch to manual mode, the settings will be automatically adjusted to give the equivalent output.
Lighting Rumours notes that this is almost exactly the same as Nissin’s “TTL memory function,” and it seems like Godox may be taking aim at them with this latest introduction.
The user interface also has direct-select buttons for each wireless grouping – another similarity to the Nissin Air 10s. Such buttons are expected to give greater usability than when using other master flash units.
The Godox Xpro will be branded as the Flashpoint R2 Pro in the United States. The Canon version, the Xpro-C, is available to pre-order now for $80.
Street photographer Alistair Wheeler has been living and shooting photos in Paris for five years. When he got bored shooting the typical vistas that tourists get, he decided to go low and go high to get a new perspective on the city. He headed down into the Metro and into abandoned buildings, and also began clambering up to the peak of mansard roofs around the city to show that the city is more than its pretty architecture. In the latest installment of “Through the Lens,” a web documentary series on Adorama TV, an intrepid videographer follows Wheeler as he clambers up tiled roofs and around the chimney pots. He says he often meets people who live under roofs that they’ve never explored, and he finds that incredible. Acrophobes be warned.
In the web documentary, Wheeler discusses his camera choice, why he likes a 35mm lens, how he uses Instagram as a creative outlet, his commercial work and how typical Parisians react when they see him snapping their photo.
This season’s “Through the Lens” series focuses on photographers throughout Europe who have built large and loyal followings on Instagram. Adorama posts new episodes every Tuesday afternoon. You can view a trailer of the series here to get a preview of each photographer’s work and some cool footage of gondolas, castles, fashion models, alpine meadows, cobblestone streets, fashion shoots and more rooftops.
Joey L. is well known for his A-list celebrity portraits and commercial work, but in recent times has turned his attention towards the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria to document the volunteer fighters on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS.
Joey’s latest hour-long documentary “offers a deeply personal, humanizing, and controversial view of the war”. It can be viewed in full below or directly on Vimeo.
An addendum video has also been created, bringing things up to the current timeline in regards to the ever-evolving Syrian conflict. It can also be found on Vimeo here.
Along with the documentary comes the announcement of an upcoming fine art book featuring photographs that Joey has taken on his trips in Iraq and Syria. The book is to be titled “We Came From Fire” and can be pre-ordered now, with a launch slated for Spring/Summer 2018. Some images from the book are included below.
Image credits: Photographs by Joey L. and used with permission.